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L'Herbe à Détourne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 23
Gots: 22 | FT: 4
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Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Viggo on 06-08-2010

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Ratings: 196 | Reviews: 77
Photo of TheDoctor
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Mar-10-2015


A:
Pours a sunny golden orange with a half finger of bright white foam that dwindles to a film with a ring around the glass. Meh retention; good medium lacing. (3.75)

S:
Super bright and fruity. Grapefruit, green grapes, sweet dough, floral/slightly herbal hops; really even, round smell. (4.25)

T:
Earthy and fresh. Dry, dusty yeastiness, some bittering lemon zest, candied grapefruit, tiny, drying alcoholic tingle at the end. (4)

M:
Fuzzy-feeling and slightly warm with a medium body and a lingering finish. (4)

O:
Very good example of a tripel.
This is a pretty solid beer to begin with but I feel that the addition of citra hops really compliments the floral qualities and alcoholic bitterness in the beer. It is an easy drinker that I think is best described as 'bright' with a slight boozy fuzz to it and a nice floral/citrus aroma.
The only thing I feel could be better would be for it to be a little richer and bigger (more like a Belgian) without having any more alcohol. I let it warm for about 30 minutes out of the fridge and I still felt like it smoothed out as it warmed in the glass. Try it at cellar temp or a touch cooler.
Will have again; worth finding to try. (4)

Photo of SSS
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow with a white head that lingers
S-Citra, yum, with a hint of yeast and some background malt flavors
M-Carbonation spot on
T-Citra comes out strong, the fruitiness (Citra-tropical fruit) from the chosen malt are a nice forward and good balance to the subtle bitterness.
O-Great beer, it is on the sweet side for my palate, but became a roller coaster from sweet to bitter on the finish.

Photo of founddrama
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious. The hop aroma comes through nicely and add an interesting twist. A little on the dark side for a tripel, but it plays well.

Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small head, but excellent webby lace. Cloudy orange-amber color.

Relatively dry with a distinct floral hop smell. Well-balanced and very attractive.

I note plum with a subtle sweetness. There's the slightest of soft sour, citrus touch. The swallow and finish are of sweetened grapefruit. Well-balanced and easy to drink. The body is rich but the carbonation high. I would not guess this to be a Tripel, but all of the elements are present. It is far more balanced with a higher level of hop than I expected.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a nose that reminds me, somehow, of 120 Minute. This beer is what would be the offspring of a juicy DIPA and a tasty tripel.

Photo of SABERG
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Hill Farmstead goblet.
A - Translucent honey colored, gentle trail of carbonation fights its way to surface. Coaxing can deliver a thin crest of off white froth, lasting some time. Sticky lacing clings to the sides slowly meandering back, returning to the source, not unlike a a rich white wine.
S - Orange, passion fruit lead the way, dried Papaya and honey on warm white toast follow. A thickness, sweet in body run through the nostrils. The tropical candied fruitiness dominates, with some warming the alcohol is gently released.
T - Warm notes of Orange blossom honey lead the way, sweet candied sugars, and the cornucopia of tropical fruits. Oh those Citra hops hold nearly everything at bay. The base malts try to stand up, and are quickly accosted by the sweet tropical, sugary fruits in the best ways.
M - Oily richness frost the entire palate. Slick, sweet and delightful. There is no hiding the Tripel style in this fine offering. The palate remains coated for a long while, gently, slowly receding. The final notes are slight hop bitterness across the top of the tongue and its tip.
O - New world Tripel, hopped up while maintain the styles light sweetness. That very sweetness is rich and complex in this beers. Over the entire experience, at no point was it to sweet. I applaud the challenging approach to the style by Dieu du Ciel.
This has been a real treat to be sipped, explored and enjoyed.

Cheers

Photo of justme
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of fruit taste with a slight bitter finish

Photo of kingmaker
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one is a disappointment from a great brewery. It probably should have been advertized as a Belgian strong pale ale, not a tripel. Color was too dark and murky. The smell indicated a sweet hop but the taste revealed a harsh unpleasant overripe lemon tone that's just too much for me

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just a fantastic beer, but everything these guys make is that good. its a tripel, but only loosely here. so much hops, all citra, as to almost render it not recognizable to its original style base. the color is a hazy straw, with a short lived less than an inch of white head. the nose is all citra, i mean, there isnt even a chance that its another hop, its pure citra, bitter and oily both, and the taste agrees, all citra here. lemon curd and tang and bitterness, in with a grain bill thats fairly complex, and a belgian yeast strain that has some fruit, but cant touch the fruitiness of the hops themselves. easily the fruitiest example of the style i have ever seen, and as good as all of the beers are from these guys, now in my mind one of the premier brewers in the world. i never really loved tripel ales, but this is a game changer.

Photo of thebeers
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange gold with big white head and lots of lacing. Effervescent, too. Strong hop aroma, with citrus and fresh cut grass. Similar hops in taste, but less pronounced. Hints of caramel or even honey to make a creaminess, along with a slight warming alcohol and scraping on tongue if you don't swallow right away. Pretty smooth all things considered. Delicious and unique.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%

341 mL bottled on 3/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma citrusy
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent – covers entire inside of glass with very tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor citrusy and herbal – more medicinal than pleasant; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25. Final weighted score: 3.1625
Well, what to say… The palate is the highlight of this ale with the medicinal flavor holding it back, although (quaff), the flavor is intriguing (quaff). This ale is growing on me (quaff). The lacing is excellent and very appealing, the nose citrusy but weak. The 10.2% ethanol is well hidden which could be dangerous (if one is inclined to drink more than one), but then if one is good, two should be better. We need a sixth judging variable – addiction potential. This one would get a 5.

Photo of SebD
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down very slowly and leaves nice fluffy lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, grapefruit, oranges, lemon zest, peppery spices and some breadiness. Smells great!

Taste: Like the aromas, it's very citrus forward (grapefruit, orange & lemon zest), a touch of grass, yeast, some peppery spices and some breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Wow, what an outstanding Tripel! Dieu du ciel never ceases to amaze me.

Photo of ludachris
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Its body is a rich shade of apricot orange and partially hazed. A healthy two fingers of frothy white head waits patiently to fall. After a few swirls, alcohol film coats the sides of the glass.

Overly ripe, juicy, saliva-inducing pineapple flesh slowly oozes out of the glass. At the edges of this syrupy sweet center are more unrefined green and leafy hop notes. Sweet alcohol pulls through but its weight is masked by its tropical sweetness. Its got that classic Belgian dusty character to the nose with some spice and phenols thrown in as well.

The kick of booziness that hits the back of the palate coincides with long, sweet notes of pineapple and mango skin. The alcohol is warming everywhere it goes but is not overpowering. As it continues into the finish, it becomes more dry, spicy, and phenollic. A hint of warm biscuit closes things out.

With such a full body and high ABV, it's incredible how drinkable this is. Slightly under carbonated with some syrupy stickiness. The alcohol has a great drying effect that gives this a concise close; one of my favorite features of this beer.

Another home run for DDC. I had the privilege of having this on tap at the brewpub last summer and my eyes lit up when I saw this on the shelf. The big syrupy tropical character the citra hops impart plays so well off of the staple characteristics of the Tripel that DDC renders. It's dangerously good.

Photo of mtomlins
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Bottle 2014/03; Poured 2014/04/03

A: Pours a hazy copper color up to 2-3 fingers of creamy, persistent head slowly falling to a thick color and curtains of lace.

S: Big hop nose: tangerines, grapefruit, lemon and spice. Some nice biscuit malt notes. Nice yeast presence. Very floral/herbal. Very intriguing!

T: Very tropical with lots of tangerine, mango, papaya; big malt presence with caramel and toffee. There is lots of yeast dancing around highlighting banana and spice. Floral on the palate as well. Some warm alcohol.

M: Medium + body and nice carbonation yields a creamy, velvety and crisp beer.

O: Just a really interesting beer! There is a lot going on; Herbe highlights the the hops, malts and yeast all i the same beer. I always look forward to this release.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a creamy, thick white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, lime, herbs, minerals, biscuit, caramel, and spicy yeast are present on the nose.

T: Flavors of lemon, lime, kumquats, grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, herbs, cream, caramel, minerals, biscuit, crackers, and funky, spicy yeast fill the mouth. The finish is fruity and warming with grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, and caramel notes gradually subsumed by peppery, prickly alcohol.

M: Fairly full and silky in body, though to me, it seems somewhat thinner than some of the more traditional Belgian takes on the style. Carbonation is active, but delicate. Alcohol is pronounced, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

O: A very respectable New World take on a traditional Belgian abbey style. I could see this going over very well with hopheads open to Continental ale styles.

Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. I have been wanting this beer for AGES, and strangely found it not at the brewpub in Montreal no... not even in bottle shops there.. no.. but where... at State Line of course! What an irony, I didn't even have to leave my state to get this dang beer!

A nice tangerine and bright shiny but dark orange color. Head barely forms with one finger forced on an aggressive pour providing and off white colored head which manages to stay populated and settle to a half finger collar. Some large amounts of very small microscopic rising carbonation can just barely be seen. Faint spider legs of lace a well.

Nose is interesting. Quite juicy smelling and fruity for a tripel, some mellow floral earthy qualities but not much else, and an almost soapy perfume like quality but with more soap than beautiful aromatics.

Palate is quite interesting. Good juicy tropical body with a very noticeable boozy quality which is luckily not too untolerable. Hints of peach and mango, with a large stomach warming swallow. Hints of pear and apple manage to appear also. Nice depth but nothing really coating, and definitely not big on sucrose.

Overall glad to have tried this, pretty good, and definitely a non traditional spin on the style which is interesting and enjoyable.

Photo of hillvt4me
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale golden color with a minimal white head.

S - yeast, lemon and mild spice ;clean.

T - lemon citrus, hop and coriander.

M - Medium body and low carbonation. Good balance.

O - Good Tripel, though lacks some complexity to among the best.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A tripel spiked with Citra hops, this pungent brew comes decked out in rich orange garb with a dappling of white foam, releasing a strong aroma of spicy and fruity Belgian yeast, aromatic alcohol, and New World elements of pine and citrus. Tastes of candied citrus, mainly mandarins and grapefruit, passion fruit and lychee, spicy clove and ginger phenolics, vanilla custard, an earthy cigar tobacco-like floral perfume, carrots, and ample alcohol that might lean just this side of overbearing. I get more sweet dark malt character than with other tripels, some toffee that plays nicely off the fruit and spice elements from the hops and yeast. Body quite chewy and the finish is bitter, piney and medicinal like that of other highly-hopped tripels I've tried (see my review of La Chouffe Dobbelen for more on this). Moderate carbonation. There might be too much going on in this beer for some palates and it ain't for the meek. Tripels are an acquired taste period and this one is a bit iconoclastic. Rough around the edges but could be a diamond if polished a bit more.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange/amber with a small head.
Nose shows herbal hops, spicy Belgian phenols, booze, some light syrupy malt. Some fruit shows up later.
More spicy phenolic notes as flavours along with slightly solvent-like booze. some light fruit again. A bit too boozy.
Carbonation could be higher.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright pale orange with an off-white slight head and a ring of retention. A little clingy lace.

Citric hops and boozy tropical fruit in the nose.

Citric ring happiness up front. Peaches, tropical fruit and booze and yeast. Bitterness comes thru later. Nice citric rind hop bitterness in a long finish.

Fuller bodied, modest carbonation.

Tasty and different. Nice blend of styles.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from my Duvel pilsen

A - Pours a clear beautiful pale golden colour with a pure white fluffy head that just looks so inviting. This beer says drink me !

S - heavy yeast and bread with some lemon and some German frankfurter.

T - Up front some very nice lemon citrus flavours with a nice hop backbone. The true Tripel flavour kicks in before this frankfurter thing kicks in and I actually quite like it !

M - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth !

O - I loved this Tripel. It has something different whilst retaining the classic Tripel aspects..

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very hazy, bright orange. Small head, especially for a style than often brings forth huge head.

S-I like the aroma. Not heavy in the Tripel yeast which I find rather unappetizing. The Citra hops lay down some cool peach, melon and mango aromas. Fruit juice hops. Smells more like a Belgian IPA.

T-The flavor is also pretty delectable. It's hops forward, and I even think the bottle has a bit too much age on it. It's got a lot of liquor-soaked peach, apricot and mango notes with citrusy flavors coming in the same march. A hint of Belgian spice and yeast.

M-Hot but still drinkable.mnot as bitter as I was expecting. A sipper but easier to drink than almost every Tripel I have had.

O/D-Tripels are among my most disliked styles of beer. I only shell out greenbacks when I really am interested by the beer's specs or I trust the brewery. Well a Tripel with Citra brewed by Dieu Du Ciel is worth a spend. Great brewery with a cool take on the style. And it was one of the two or three best Tripels I have had. As it warms it gets funkier and all around tastier.i would preferably serve this far warmer than fridge temp. It really opens up and gets better and better.

Photo of danieelol
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent yellow. Good head/lacing.

Smells of candy. Tinned peaches. Potent candy. Little bit of Tripel mango.

Taste is more tinned peaches, but lacks a cloying quality you might expect. More mango.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy peaches with a slight alcohol bite.

Best you can hope for in a Tripel.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Citrus hops. Strong belgian yeast. Very fruity. Candy and doughy sweetness.

Taste - Orangey fruit. Sweet malts. A little yeasty. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Lacks a bit of crispness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good tripel. The hop bitterness could be higher. Just a little to heavy.

Photo of Shadman
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted this in the singles section of Trackside's beer fridge here in The 'Hat. Poured into chalice. Nice apricot colour, cloudy, with a rich head that only settles into a nice cap.

Can definitely smell the advertised citric hops. Definite pale malts and some spiciness as the beer warms.

Lot's of flavours goin' on here. Citrus hops in front followed by a major pale malt bombshell...alcohol warms up the palate before this finishes dry with some serious lingering hop bitterness.

Medium to full mouthfeel..somewhat sticky

A very good "New World" tripel...

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L'Herbe à Détourne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
91 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.